Maritime insurance provider Gard has reported that local port operators in Durban, South Africa, have declared force majeure due to violent unrest and rioting in the area.

The cities of Durban and Richards Bay, as well as the surrounding areas in KwaZulu-Natal Province, are currently experiencing unrest and rioting in protest against the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma.

Gard’s Durban P&I correspondent reported that Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) have declared force majeure for the port of Durban. It has also been reported that the various private terminals have followed suit and issued their own force majeure notices.

However, Gard said the P&I associates added that marine services at Richards Bay have resumed as of July 14, although at a reduced capacity.

Gard noted that additional ports may be affected, and members and clients should seek updates from their local agents when voyage planning. Movements ashore while the action is ongoing should be minimised and special attention should be given to any planned crew change arrangements via South Africa at this time.